Rare Weird And Funny Pictures Show Hilarious Side Of Victorian Era Life

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Most of us believe that Victorian era was a grim and serious era, full of hardworking people, so that they didn’t even have time to enjoy their lives and having some fun. While this isn’t true, because cameras were very expensive and for a single photograph one had to sit in static position with same facial expression from few seconds to 10 minutes. So it seems impossible for a person to smile or laugh for minutes, that’s why majority of the Victorians preferred to sit in static position with strict expressions.

This collection of hilarious photographs shows the other side of Victorians that probably you haven’t seen. Continue reading »

Stunning Photos Of The Victorian People-Watching At The Beach

Today, our time machine is going for a pit-stop on a sunny, Victorian Era beach in Atlantic City, where the ponies are aplenty, and the bathing costumes make the women look like layer cakes. Sure, contemporary eyes may see a bunch of prudes, but for folks in the 1800s, showing off your bloomers at the beach was quite a statement, especially in the throes of Women’s Suffrage. So pick up your parasol for some antiquated people watching… Continue reading »

Tatted Up In Victorian Times: Fascinating Photos Show The Work Of One Of Britian’s First Tattoo Artists Sutherland Macdonald

Victorian pictures always show stern-looking faces with people covering their bodies from head to toe in long clothes. But vintage images have revealed how some people living in 19th century Britain had a love of huge tattoos covering their entire chests and arms. And all of the pictures from the Victorian era show the inkings carried out by one of the first ever tattoo artists – Sutherland Macdonald. Continue reading »

Victorian Christmas Cards That Are As Creepy As Those Times Themselves

If you think holidays are weird these days, then you clearly haven’t seen these 19th-century Victorian era Christmas cards that were just as creepy as those times themselves. From frogs stabbing each other to Krampus (a half-goat, half-daemon) entertaining the ladies… Yeah, these seem random as hell these days, but when you think of it, they actually work as a time machine and reveal the relevant topics of those days. Here: Greetings From Krampus Continue reading »

Beachside Bathing Machines During Victorian Era

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These bathing machines were very popular in England at 18th and 19th centuries. They allowed people to change out of their usual clothes into swimwear and were directly lowered into the water. Continue reading »

Victorian Wars: Star Wars Characters As You’ve Never Seen Them Before

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These artworks by Canadian illustrator Terry Fan, take some of the most popular characters from the original trilogy of Star Wars movies and give them a steampunk twist.

Some of the characters’ titles are translated to their real-world equivalents, while others receive new positions that still make sense. The protocol droid C-3PO becomes a baron, fitting for his dapper demeanor. Meanwhile the 900-year-old Jedi Master Yoda becomes a “Sir”, the title used for knighthood. Lord Vader barely even needs a name change, since he’s already a Sith lord. Also featuring are Boba Fett as a general, Chewbacca as a chancellor, a Stormtrooper as a sergeant and R2D2 as a Duke.
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Victorian Lady Madame Barocle

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Adriana Barahona, known as “Madame Barocle”, wearing clothing of the Victorian era, walks along a central avenue in San Jose, Costa Rica June 4, 2015. Barahona says she has been passionate about clothing from the era of Britain’s Queen Victoria (1837-1901), and has been making and wearing them since the age of 15. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate
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Ice: A Victorian Romance


Inuit waiting at a seal-hole on the ice, from William Edward Parry, Second Voyage, 1824.

Visiting a remarkable iceberg, from John Ross, A Voyage of Discovery, 1819.

The Lion and Reliance in icy seas, from John Franklin, Narrative of a Second Expedition, 1828.

Adventures. Brave. Ice. I’m in love of those historic images. Strongly recommended for all historic illustration fans (like me).
Ice: A Victorian Romance exhibition attempts to merge these three icy frontiers into one thematic story. By 1860, the idea that the earth had gone through an Ice Age was finally being accepted, and people attempted to view that Ice Age through the lenses of the Arctic, Antarctica, and the Alps. Knowledge of the Arctic and Antarctic, gained at such cost, provided a framework for reconstructing the ice of the prehistoric past.

All the publications on display are from the collections of the Linda Hall Library.